© kimi eisele
My current interest lies in the sensual world of plants and animals, and how it might teach us as humans how to live more fully, kindly, and compassionately. My work seeks to inhabit this world and bring it to viewers, readers, and participants.
My articles, essays, poetry, and fiction address themes of nature, relationship, change, loss, and adaptation. For me, language serves as an elixir for what ails us, and sometimes even as an alternative to caffeine.
As a dancer and choreographer, I’m drawn to pedestrian gestures, story, and improvisation. I believe dance and body-based forms can help us see, feel, and understand what is both invisible and right in front of us. My dance work often incorporates text, addresses current social, environmental or political issues, and involves an element of public participation.
I have a master’s degree in geography and a high regard for place and space. I seek out collaborations with other artists and non-artists, across cultural contexts, genres, and generations. As a teacher and director, often my goal is to de-mystify the art-making process and invite others to share in the thrill of participating. When words, movement, stories, and images appear in unexpected places, they can wake us up to beauty, truths, and our many common (or not so common) experiences. You could call this “alarm-clock art,” and it’s what I strive to make.
I am available to work with communities, organizations, and schools, offering presentations, classes/workshops, or residencies, or to help design and implement arts engagement strategies.
I also work as a writer/editor. My services are outlined at WordWork by Kimi.
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Resident, Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Woodside, CA. 2014
Recipent, Tucson Pima Arts Council “Lumie” Award (Established Artist). 2014
Recipient, New Works Grant, Tucson Pima Arts Council. 2013
Recipient, New Works Grant, Tucson Pima Arts Council. 2012
Recipient, Artist Project Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts. 2012.
Resident, Blue Mountain Center Artist Program, Bluee Mountain, NY.
Nominee,Tucson Pima Arts Council “Lumie” (Local Luminary) Award (individual/emerging artist category), Tucson, AZ. May 2009.
Nominee, Buffalo Exchange Arts Award (performing artist category), Tucson, AZ. Jan. 2009
Resident, Mesa Refuge. Pt. Reyes Station, CA. 2008
Dynamic Duo Award for “Making a Difference” (with photographer Josh Schachter), Compass Health Care, Tucson, AZ. Sept. 05
Roster Artist, Creative Writing, Arizona Commission on the Arts. Sept. 05-present.